Jul 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres relief pitcher Joe Thatcher (54) throws during the seventh inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Petco Park. . Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

MLB trade rumors 2013: San Diego Padres likely to trade Joe Thatcher over Luke Gregerson

While the San Diego Padres have had no shortage of offers for reliever Luke Gregerson, none have been overwhelming enough to pull the trigger on a deal.

So instead of moving Gregerson, ESPN’s Jayson Stark believes the Padres will ship out Joe Thatcher instead, who has been garnering heavy interest as well.

Per Stark:

One more to watch on deadline day: #Padres more likely to deal Thatcher than Gregerson. Saying no to all deals for any of their OFs

The ESPN scribe also mentioned the unlikeliness that the Padres move one of their outfielders, which is a bit of a shock considering the strong interest in players like Carlos Quentin and Will Venable.

Clear sellers, San Diego could certainly cash in during a thin outfielder/relief pitching market so their reluctance to make some moves is a bit perplexing. Of course, as teams become more and more desperate in the deadline’s final  hours, it’s possible the Padres may be holding out for a last minute offer.

The sidearmed Thatcher has a 2.10 ERA for the Padres this season.

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